Iowa Policy & Advocacy Organizing Intern

The Center for Rural Affairs is a leading nonprofit organization with a national reputation for progressive rural advocacy and policy work. We are seeking a full-time temporary Policy & Advocacy Organizing Intern to advance our clean energy and conservation objectives in Iowa and beyond. 

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a dynamic team committed to effecting change. The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate with strong writing and communications skills, organizing experience, and knowledge of agriculture, conservation, and clean energy issues. We invite applicants who have a familiarity with and knowledge of leading farm and rural organizations throughout the state and region. 

Title: Policy & Advocacy Organizing Intern
Hours: Full Time
Location: Center for Rural Affairs Iowa Office, 248 1st Ave. E. Dyersville, IA
Compensation: $12-15/hr
Apply by: January 31, 2016 

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop knowledge of agriculture, conservation, and clean energy issues
  • Engage rural communities in outreach efforts to advance conservation and clean energy objectives 
  • Identify and build relationships with rural leaders
  • Author traditional, social, and digital media content
  • Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, and events
  • Collaborate with and participate in coordinated campaigns with partner organizations 
  • Provide support to program staff in furtherance of policy objectives


If these phrases describe you, we want you for our open position:

  • Curious and excited to learn
  • Disciplined, accountable, and consensus builder
  • Quick learner who is detail-oriented and produces high-quality work
  • In possession of a strong work ethic and a habit of exceeding expectations

Additionally the right candidate must possess:

  • Flexibility (travel throughout Iowa and the Upper Midwest region will be necessary)
  • Familiar with and understanding of rural communities
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with people regardless of political or cultural background
  • Ability to think outside the box and see issues from different perspectives  

The following are a plus, but not required:

  • Academic experience in a field such as political science, environmental science, communications, sociology, or public relations
  • Demonstrated fluency with social and digital media
  • Political campaign experience 

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and one short writing sample (1-3 pages), to Apply by January 31, 2016 for full consideration. Note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Learn more about the Center for Rural Affairs at

The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.​